Pearl Gonzalez is a female mixed marital arts (MMA) fighter who has been a mainstay in UFC circles for some time.
Although she didn’t spend long with the promotion, she made quite the impact.
Gonzalez then utilized that popularity to build up a sizable following on social media. She boasts more than 276,000 followers on Instagram and routinely goes viral for her various offerings on the platform.
It was more of the same this week.
In a serious of now-viral posts, Gonzalez showed off her fight prep for her looming combat match-up:
@pearl_gonzalez Can’t believe I’m fighting in 2️⃣ weeks!!! Aug. 20 Gamebred Boxing!! 🙌🏼 #boxing #debut #mma #combatsport #athlete #babe ♬ Workout – Afrospace
@pearl_gonzalez Progress not perfection 👊🏼✨ I cannot wait to step in the ring.. Aug. 20 @gamebred_boxing!!! #LFG #Boxing #debut #better #everyday ♬ Vegas (From the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ELVIS) – Doja Cat
@pearl_gonzalez No matter how many punches I throw, I’ll always be a grappler at heart!! #sparring 👊🏼#10thplanet #freak 🧟 #mma #boxing #combatsports #athlete ♬ BOOM – Tiesto
Gonzalez’s most popular social media post ever, without question, was the time she posted for some extremely salacious hospital photos. That turned her into an instant internet celebrity in late 2021.
Prior to that she had also famously gotten booted from a gym over her decision to take her pants off.
Although none of her posts ever reached the level of Paige VanZant’s whipped cream bikini, for female MMA stars, Gonzalez has always been a viral hitmaker.
Just take a look at the engagement some of her standard TikTok posts get:
@pearl_gonzalez IHOP >>> Waffle House ANY day! 🥞😋 Final prep work for @ikonfightingchampionship.. Tune in TONIGHT 7p est LIVE on @ufcfightpass and watch the incredibly, talented #YoungGuns in #MMA ♬ Georgia – Album Version (Explicit) – Ludacris & Field Mob
@pearl_gonzalez I smile because I have no idea what is going on. 😁 #pearlgonzalez #boxing #mma #combatsports #UFC277 #Fightnight #AndNew 🇧🇷 #New ♬ ZOOM – Jessi
@pearl_gonzalezThe champ trying to teach me how to twerk 😫😫
Gonzalez probably won’t ever return to the UFC in a fighting capacity, but she still definitely left her mark.
What will she ultimately go viral for next?
The photos speak for themselves. https://t.co/7e70pGHEzj
— Game 7 (@game7__) August 12, 2022
Time will tell.